Five residents from Jamaica Plain will choose their own route on October 4th for the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Participants are encouraged to walk wherever they choose: around their neighborhood, a local hiking trail, a treadmill, or anywhere else they are comfortable. Jane Craycroft, John Munson, Stephanie Kreutz, Madeline Polak, and Scott Schreiber, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in virtual programming during the Walk that aims to recreate the most inspiring elements of Walk day. While the event will not physically bring walkers together along the famed Boston Marathon course, it will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $145 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 30+ year history.
Jamaica Plain resident Katherine Walsh will participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk as a way to give back to Dana-Farber for saving her life. In 2010, Walsh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when she was a graduate student earning her Ph.D. She was actually working in a research lab at Dana-Farber during this time. After her diagnosis, she took a break from her Ph.D and was treated at Dana-Farber. "When I was sick,” said Walsh. “I really benefited from the resources at Dana-Farber.”
Once she entered remission and finished up her Ph.D program, she knew she wanted to give back to the hospital that saved her life.
There will be 11 residents from Jamaica Plain walking in this September's Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which raises the most money of any single day walk in the country. Carl Kelley, Scott Schreiber, Walter Erwin, Michael O’Connor, Julia Russell, Maureen Loftus, Megan Anderson, Finn Kelley, Fiona Kelley, Madeline Polak and one other Jamaica Plain resident will join 9,000 expected participants in the annual event, which takes place September 22. Money raised from the Jimmy Fund Walk will support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $135 million over 30 years. “The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk...